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Biography - Blaise Pascal:

French mathematician, physicist, writer and philosopher.
Born: 1623 - Died: 1662
Period:
17th century
Place of birth: France
France

The weakness of human reason appears more evidently in those who know it not, than in those who know it.



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French
La faiblesse de la raison de l'homme paraît bien davantage en ceux qui ne la connaissent pas, qu'en ceux qui la connaissent.

German
Die Schwäche der menschlichen Vernunft kommt viel mehr bei denen zum Vorschein, die sie nicht kennen, als bei denen, die sie kennen.




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All I know is that I know nothing.




Quotes for: reason


Quotes

Quotes about reason:


Truth prevails only to the extent that we successfully assert it. The victory of reason can only be the victory of rational people.





Have courage to use your own reason!





There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.





The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing.





Good sense is, of all things among men, the most equally distributed; for every one thinks himself so abundantly provided with it, that those even who are the most difficult to satisfy in everything else, do not usually desire a larger measure of this quality than they already possess. And in this it is not likely that all are mistaken: the conviction is rather to be held as testifying that the power of judging aright and of distinguishing truth from error, which is properly what is called good sense or reason, is by nature equal in all men; and that the diversity of our opinions, consequently, does not arise from some being endowed with a larger share of reason than others, but solely from this, that we conduct our thoughts along different ways, and do not fix our attention on the same objects. For to be possessed of a vigorous mind is not enough; the prime requisite is rightly to apply it.





Two extremes: to exclude reason, to admit reason only.











Quotes for: weakness


Quotes

Quotes about weakness:


No man is weak by choice.





Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.





What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.





Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.





Tolerance is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.





What is tolerance? It is the endowment of humanity. We are all steeped in weakness and error; let us forgive each other our stupidities, that is the first law of nature.











Quotes for: Man


Quotes

Quotes about man, all human beings:


No man is weak by choice.





Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.





The greatness of man lies in his decision to be stronger than his condition.





Man is the future of man.





Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.





I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.











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Blaise Pascal also said...


Wisdom leads us back to childhood.





Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.





The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing.





All good maxims are in the world. We only need to apply them.





The world is generally so restless, that men scarcely ever think of the present time, and the instant they are now actually living, but of those in which they are to live. So that we are always in a disposition to live in future, but never to live now.





All our dignity consists, then, in thought. By it we must elevate ourselves, and not by space and time which we cannot fill.
Let us endeavour then to think well; this is the principle of morality.













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